How should we treat Homosexuals? We should treat them with love and respect and equal pay, and be willing to tell them the truth no matter what the cost because that is what love does.
Today's ruling (5 to 4) on Gay marriage defies logic and the Constitution. The danger today is that the ruling was made with NO defense of the rule of law and no valid justification from the Constitution for what was ruled. Why did the court do this? Because of the Worldviews of the Justices. (Please read "Who we Are" on the menu for a discussion on Worldview.) The ruling makes a mockery of the Constitution, the rule of law, common sense, and destroys States rights. "Scalia wrote. "But the Court ends this debate, in an opinion lacking even a thin veneer of law." Justice Clarence Thomas pilloried the majority opinion as "at odds not only with the Constitution, but with the principles upon which our nation were built." Kennedy and the Court's liberal wing are invoking a definition of "liberty" that the Constitution's framers "would not have recognized, to the detriment of the liberty they sought to protect. Along the way, it rejects the idea—captured in our Declaration of Independence—that human dignity is innate and suggests instead that it comes from the Government," Thomas said. "This distortion of our Constitution not only ignores the text, it inverts the relationship between the individual and the state in our Republic. I cannot agree with it." See article on the dissent here.
Worldviews develop with a major first step, which is deciding if there is a God or if there is not a God. And second if there is a God, is Jesus God? And third is deciding if the following quote from Jesus is true where He said, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me" in Jn 14:6. And last deciding if people have a free will to choose or if their actions are determined by outside forces. Your answer, "Yes" or "No" on each of these points take you in radically different direction on how you think and what laws you implement. I believe that 5 of the Justices by their actions and rulings would have answered No to each of these questions.
So I would propose based on the actions of the Justices over their lifetime that maybe 4 have some belief or respect of God and 5 have little to no belief or respect of God. Yes I know they are all culturally Catholic and Jewish by heritage on the court but that does not mean they actually believe in God, that is a personal decision and we can not know their hearts only their actions. And their actions do not line up with the Judeo/Christian God of the Bible. There are also NO Protestants or Evangelicals on the bench which means over 70% of our country's worldview is not represented by the Supreme Court.
Our Declaration of Independence declares the justification for the very document is be founded in the statement, "the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation." This sacred document ends with three more references to God, "We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions," and "And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor."
- Law's of Nature and of Nature's God
- Supreme Judge of the world
- divine Providence
- sacred Honor
Only the Judeo/Christian God fulfills each of these statements. And in Genesis where Nature's God creates all of Nature, He also creates Man, and Woman from Man, and declares them Good. The first two people of creation of Nature's God were Male and Female. This is the declared natural order that the entire world except for the Muslims have observed. Historically the Chinese, the Russians, the Japanese, the Indians and many others only recognize marriage between one man and one women. This is a principle that has been worldwide, and cross culture since the dawn of time.
We may have a permanent divide in our country over marriage and some are proposing that Christian's write contracts between each other and get married before God but do not get permission from the State. This is what a great number of people are already doing by living together, this proposal is just a couple making eternal promises before God and writing a prenup contract that embodies many of the current marriage laws of the State. In fact for many Christians this can then get out from under the unfair "marriage penalty" in our tax code. There are no marriage ceremonies in the Bible... I know crazy but look for yourself. There are engagement ceremonies but no "church" weddings. Far our stuff to think about.
Here are some passages from the Bible for your consideration:
"But from the beginning of the creation, God ‘made them male and female.’ ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’; so then they are no longer two, but one flesh. (Mark 10:6-8 NKJV)
Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. (Genesis 2:24 NKJV)
And you shall not let any of your descendants pass through the fire to Molech, nor shall you profane the name of your God: I am the LORD. You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination. (Leviticus 18:21-22 NKJV)
For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due. (Romans 1:26-27 NKJV)
But as Bonhoeffer said:
“Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.”
What shall we now do and say?
As for me and my house we will serve the Lord!